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of state john kerry making a surprise visit to kabul in afghanistan. can he smooth over tensions with hamid karzai? >> then, could amanda knox face another trial despite being cleared of her roommate's murder. italian judges ruling on an appeal this morning. we're live in rome. >> and jaw dropping video of a great white shark thrashing its way into a shark cage with the diver inside. we're going to talk to the man behind the camera coming up in a little bit. >> but everyone's favorite jersey girl, snooki, is here live talking about her new body, her beau, and her just baptized baby boy. it's monday, march 25th. "starting point" begins right now. >>> we are going to begin with winter's last gasp in spring. or should i say allegedly spring. from missouri to pennsylvania, millions of people dealing with rainy, snowy, slushy, awfulness. in indianapolis yesterday, too many fender benders to count. you have to check out this video. the weather rendering parts of st. louis nearly invisible. if you squint you can see it. parts of eastern indiana and western ohio were under a western storm warning t
early." thanks for being up with us. a lot to talk about on this monday, march 25th including john kerry pressuring iraq when it comes to turning a blind eye on iranian weapon shipments into syria. we'll have a live report. >>> plus, the senate passes its first budget in four years without a single republican vote with another very different plan coming from the house, is there room for either side to give any ground whatsoever? we'll look at that. >>> first to the rest of the news live at 5:30 at 30 rock in new york city and we begin with the nation's ongoing debate over gun safety. after weeks of bipartisan negotiations between senators chuck schumer and tom coburn failed to advance it, now appears john mccain emerged as a critical player in talks to expand background checks for private firearms sales. the hill reports republican senators susan collins and dean heller could sign off after democrats included several modifications aimed at attracting support from the right. a recent quinnipiac poll finds 09% of the public is in favor of universal background checks. they've had a tougher
.m. thing. six minutes after the hour. secretary of state john kerry remains in the middle east this morning. on sunday he met with the syrian president but he made little headway convincing him to stop allowing the flow of arms and troops fueling syria's bloody civil war. secretary kerry is accusing iraq of helping syrian president by allowing arms and fighters from iran to cross into syria from iraq. >>> and former penn state assistant coach jerry sandusky breaking silence from behind bars. a documentary filmmaker said he has recordings of telephone conversations with sandusky in jail that will air today on nbc. the family of the late joe paterno, the head football coach whose legendary career ended in disgrace is already speaking out. they call the recording, "a sad and unfortunate development that is transparently self-serving and yet another insult to the victims and anyone who cares about the truth in this tragic story." >>> a public memorial service for colorado's prison chief will be held today in colorado springs. come clemens was laid to rest yesterday. he was shot and killed tuesd
. >>brian: secretary of state john kerry making a surprise visit this weekend to baghdad. it's been a little more than a year since president obama ended war in iraq bringing the u.s. troops home. with little influence left in that war-torn country trying to rebuild the secretary is having trouble urging iraq's leaders to stop aiding iran and allowing the overflights of iran, what we believe to be weapons, ammunitions over to syria. the iranians are using iraqi airspace to make that happen. john kerry wants it to stop. how did he do? joining me now a man who fought in that war, c.e.o. of concerned veterans for america, pete hegseth. how much leverage does the skraeufrt have? >> not very much. you might say that this is our chickens coming home to roost. when you don't follow through and don't have influence and don't have a relationship then the prime minister of iraq is more likely to hedge towards iran and his neighbors to the east than he is to help us because we don't have that influence. the folks we have left in baghdad don't have a mandate to operate. john kerry shows up asking for a
john kerry will stay a couple of days here and likely return very soon to start lay down the foundation. not for talks next week or next month but can they get these leaders to say and do the right thing? perhaps -- put a capital p on that perhaps, get them back to the negotiating table. there are so many difficult issues. >> we're about two minutes away from this press availability or speech we'll see from the two leaders. the reuters headline basically said after backslapping in israel, the president faces discontent on the second day of his trip. that pretty much sums it up. >> reporter: it does sum it up. it's hard because he needs to essentially try to help president abbas. the israeli government will tell you if they are going to make peace, president abbas is the one person they trust. he is aging. he has a fractured palestinian leadership. hamas is essentially sending the message to him we might not support you. be careful. plus the president of the yunitd states labels hamas a terrorist group. united states government before and after obama will likely claim hamas a terrorist g
. they are not coming with any new plan and any effort to relaunch peace talks. secretary of state john kerry will revisit with prime minister of israel benjamin netanyahu a couple days from now as they try to begin that new conversation in earnest. just a short time ago on this his second day here in israel, the president did a little of cultural stops, going to israel museum where he saw what are referred to as the dead sea scrolls. these are ancient hebrew text that sort of highlight the connection between the jewish people and this land here. the state of israel. but during the conversation with reporters yesterday, the president once again showed that he has israel's back. that's the exact language that he used on the topic of iran. he said that he will do whatever is necessary to prevent iran from getting its hands on nuclear weapons. he referred to them as the world's worst weapons. >> all right, peter alexander, thank you. >>> all day long, stay with nbc for complete coverage of president obama's historic trip to the middle east. >>> a new report this morning is sounding the alarm on
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emerging from the united states. what's going on? >> reporter: well, john kerry came out today and said quite clearly that he would not stand in the way of allies of the united states who wanted to arm the syrian rebels. that's not saying the u.s. would do that themselves. they've been very reluctant and the joint chiefs of staff says his understanding of who the rebels were, in fact, got more confused the past year as the rebels gone more extremists. what john kerry's words do is permit the uk and france to begin the process of arming. they've been talking about ev e evading or working around eu sanctions. they are yet to begin the process of handing them over. it's a long, difficult, practical road ahead, but part of the calculation is by saying they'll do it, they might draw president bashar assad towards a negotiation table, put extra pressure on him, wolf? >> joining us from beirut with that story, significant developments. thanks, nick, very much. >>> there are huge problems to tackle in the middle east right now, but the white house is downplaying expectations for the president'
of state john kerry on the tarmac there. the secretary of state arrived in the region before the president. he will be in the region again just after the president leaves. the united states appears to be sending the message that the preside president's trip is just part of the overall goal here. >> reporter: right. so, one of the mixed messages we're getting around this trip is the white house has talked down expectations. we should not expect anything to come of this trip. this is largely not just this trip meaning ramallah, the west bank today, but the overall trip to the middle east is really making good to israel and touching base with the palestinians. but despite the low expectation s, there is still a colonel of hope. the focus will be not so much on the palestinian end, but the israeli end, to see what it would take to bring israelis to the table. kerry will come back and have dinner with a member of the israeli cabinet to see where the israeli comfort level would be and what it would involve for israel to sit down and talk with president abbas and really see if peace talks could g
of state john kerry. we are hearing now that the secretary of state will be coming back here on saturday to speak privately with prime minister netanyahu about the peace process, trying to figure out what it is that can be done to get the peace process started again between the israelis and the palestinians. you know it's been stalled for many years now. a lot of concern that it is going to die. but we are going to see the president coming here first talking to the prime minister, and then tomorrow he'll be headed over to the west bank to speak with president mahmoud abbas, who is going to be talking, of course, about the peace process. a lot of concern that nothing will come out of it. zoraida? >> all right, sara sidner, live in jerusalem for us. >> also developing in the region this morning a lot of finger pointing in syria. the assad regime and rebel forces both accusing one another of using chemical weapons. syrian state media yesterday claiming that opposition forces launched a chemical attack in aleppo province, killing at least two dozen people, injuring more than 100. rebels deny
we have seen a move towards in the last few months is suggestion of arming the rebels. john kerry saying just yesterday he wouldn't say in the way if the uk and france want to do that. bear in mind barack obama has had a ground swell of opinion around him pushing him towards arming rebels. he batted that down late last year. he's very reluctant to get involved. but many people around him now are saying because the escalating situation, they have to do something. >> nick paton walsh in beirut. thank you. the situation here in syria is sure to come up tomorrow. president obama makes his first trep to israel since moving into the white house. the president will be just over 300 miles from where these chemical weapons might have been used in syria when he arrives in tel aviv. you can see the proximity here. no main announcements are planned during this visit. mideast leaders obama will immediate with include netanyahu, mahmoud abbas and king abdullah of jordan. >>> so you thought the election season was over. huh-uh. it is primary day in south carolina, folks. i'm talking low country.
bill into law as soon as possible. >>> meantime, secretary of state john kerry has dropped into afghanistan, unannounced. he's there to smooth over relations with president hamid karzai, who recently accused the united states of colluding with the taliban. >> there are ongoing talks between taliban, americans, and foreigners in europe and in the gulf states. >> both the u.s. and afghanistan are looking to stabilize the war-torn country, ahead of 2014, when karzai leaves office. and the remaining u.s. troops head home. cnn's nick paton walsh traveling with secretary kerry. he's in kabul, afghanistan, and joins me by phone. nick, kerry has a history with the afghan leader here. tell me what was achieved with today's talks? >> yeah, i mean, today was all about using the long history and self-confessed friendship to try to smooth over the rift but the acrimony in the atmosphere after the comments you mentioned were made, still very much hanging in the air. talk of future cooperation, but you can't really get away from the fact there has been a bad month in the past, and really
. this isn't just an israel trip but something he could do would be very significant is to empower john kerry, very overwhelmingly secretary of state to work on the peace process now. i still think this is the closing window. >> all right. >> there you go. >> i think dianne feinstein will get a vote on the amendment and i want to see the number of votes. you never what is going to happen in the gun debates. i remember in '98, we republicans were back on our heels and thought we would get absolute slaughtered. boom. we carried the day and won huge and the democrats went into retreat for a decade. i'd be surprised, put some of these restrictions and regulations on the floor. i'd be surprised to republicans. if you want to say background checks to keep the guns in the hands of felons, put that on the record. >> harry reid's reality, i don't know why we are so shocked about this outcome. he telegraphed this a month ago this is where this is going. >> he trying to protect his 12 senate democrats in the cross-hairs. >> good luck to them. if they vote against universal background checks and if they
situation is, my administration is committed to doing our part. and i know that secretary of state john kerry intends to spend significant time, effort and energy in trying to bring about a closing of the gap between the parties. we can not give up on the search for peace. too much is at stake. and if we're gonna succeed, part of what we're going to have to do is to get out of some of the formulas and habits that have blocked progress for so long. both sides are going to have to think anew. those of us in the united states are going to have to think anew. but i'm confident that we can arrive at our destination to advance the vision of two nations, two neighbors, at peace, israel and palestine. if given the chance, one thing that i'm very certain of is that the palestinians have the talent, the drive, and the courage to succeed in their own state. i think of the villages that hold peaceful protests because they understand the moral force of nonviolence. i think of the importance that palestinian families place on education. i think of the entrepreneurs determined to create something new,
words turn into good deeds? to that end, secretary of state john kerry is scheduled to come back here tomorrow and begin actually the really hard work of diplomacy to see if he can get the israelis and palestinians to negotiate about maybe negotiating about a peace deal. still a long way off and despite all the applause and accolades of this trip, i don't think there is any real optimism it will make a huge difference on the ground, at least not immediately. back to you. >> brian: i know the president says it's time for both sides to drop preconditions and just go and talk. so if they could agree to agree to talk eventually, that would be progress. >> anna: that would be progress. but there have been a lot of harsh critics stepping forward. newt gingrich being one, saying this is something that western leaders typically do sometimes to make themselves feel good, that so much of the arab world, you know, speaking candidly, mind you, but that something that they're just doing to make themselves feel a bit better. >> steve: leend la vittert, we u.s. very much and good job. he quoted his
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